Angry about Trump? You should be.

If you’re not angry about Donald Trump being elected last night, then I don’t know why you are reading this blog post. I am so angry, disappointed, frustrated and sad that the man we thought was a joke at first, is now the President-elect. And I’m not even an American (I’m Canadian). But American politics affect Canada, and I am an empathetic human being. I know a lot of people are hurting right now.

The biggest issue is not what Trump will do come January when he takes over from Obama. It’s what he has already done. He has created a hostile, antagonistic, racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and trans-phobic America. Minorities, people of colour, women, Muslims, LGBTQ, etc. are all vulnerable groups right now, and they are in danger because of Donald Trump. Hate, bigotry and violence will spread. The KKK is already openly celebrating. Trump’s Vice-President is a man that believes trans kids need “conversion therapy.” He doesn’t believe in climate change. He doesn’t want Planned Parenthood to exist. He doesn’t believe in consent. He is the new President of a super power.

I think it is fair to say the election results stem from:

  1. Racism and “whitelash” (backlash from white people afraid of immigrants and minorities). White people, men more so than women, voted for Trump and brought him into power.
  2. Sexism and misogyny (you have one opportunity to vote in the first woman and you fuck it up).
  3. People who think Trump is the “anti-establishment” candidate (think of the Rob Ford effect), when in reality that was Bernie Sanders…I wish he could save us.

So take some time to mourn, to cry, to heal. It is up to us now to protect and look out for those most vulnerable. We lost this election, but we must continue to fight. Half of the USA voted for Trump, but half didn’t. This is my call to arms to that half – you’re already out there protesting across your country! Let’s show them that hate, racism and sexism have no place in America.

Visiting Marten Falls First Nation

I work at a non-profit organization that delivers programs in indigenous communities across Canada. My role involves office management, digital and social media, and event coordinating, but sometimes I do get to go on programs. I was fortunate to go on one of our programs to Marten Falls (Ogoki) First Nation August 15 to 19. This was my first time going to a small fly-in First Nations community in northern Ontario – Marten Falls has about 400 people and is only accessible by plane or ice roads in the winter. As someone interested in indigenous issues and social justice, I was excited to visit the community and personally experience what it is like there.

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Sign at the Ogoki Airport.

I’ve heard the stories from my colleagues who frequently travel to communities across Ontario, about the difficulties and challenges they encounter. I’ve watched documentaries and read books about issues facing First Nations communities. Experiencing it was much different though, as you can only learn so much from others without actually being there. Continue reading “Visiting Marten Falls First Nation”

Makeup for Cosplay!

If you’re a cosplayer, then you’re going to want to know how to do makeup for cosplay – this is not exactly the same as doing regular makeup. Over the past six years I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks. I’m gearing up for Fan Expo (September 1-4, 2016) where I will be cosplaying an updated Sailor Venus, so I’m trying to also update my makeup.

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Where to Find Cosplay Materials in Toronto

I’ve been cosplaying for about six years now. My first foray into the world of cosplay was making a Sailor Moon costume in 2010. I was always the kid that made costumes for school projects and I have always loved Halloween, so mixed with my love for anime it made sense I that would eventually venture into cosplaying. Over the past few years I’ve found some great places to buy materials needed to make costumes, accessories and props.

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This is the first costume I made in 2010! It’s pretty rough!

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So You Want to be a Pokemon GO Master?

If you haven’t been living off the grid this past week, then you know about Pokemon GO. It’s a new app for mobile devices that allows players to catch and raise Pokemon, similar to the versions for Game Boy and Nintendo DS systems. Here is a brief breakdown of how to play, what to do and some cool facts about how this game is taking over the world!

You start off by downloading the app from your mobile devices app store – it is now officially released in Canada! You pick your trainer, give them a cool outfit and a personalized name. Then you pick your starter Pokemon – Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle (always my choice). I’ve heard there is a trick to get Pikachu that you may be able to look up.

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This is me!

So now you’re ready to venture into the world to start catching Pokemon. Continue reading “So You Want to be a Pokemon GO Master?”

Sailor Moon Celebration!

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I attended the Toronto Sailor Moon Celebration on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Science Centre (pretty cool location!). I wasn’t sure what to expect for a Sailor Moon only convention, but it was so great! There were actually a lot of people there and really cool artists, panels, cosplays and exhibitors. I got to meet some “social media friends” in person for the first time too! It was amazing to be surrounded by so many “moonies” and to share our passion for all things Sailor Moon and cosplay. Continue reading “Sailor Moon Celebration!”

Pride is Political

There has been a lot happening in Canadian and American news recently around the Black Lives Matter movement. I attended Toronto’s Pride Parade again this year (on July 3), marching with the NDP group. Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) was invited to lead the parade as the honoured guests. They brought the parade to a stop for half an hour until the Toronto Pride Director agreed to their list of demands. Since then, the BLMTO group has received strong criticism, hate and death threats.

I have a problem with this backlash. They don’t deserve any kind of hate, and they especially should not be receiving criticism from white, cisgender, straight people. If white people feel uncomfortable about this protest, then it means BLMTO did a good job. Their movement, like many other similar movements, isn’t meant to consider the feelings of white people, it’s meant to share how a marginalized group feels and create change. If you want to be a good ally, then listen, share their stories/tweets and send them love. Continue reading “Pride is Political”